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Growing in Faith 

Mark 11:23-24

“Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say unto you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast out into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. “Therefore I say unto you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

Faith is the means by which we access all of God’s grace. In the Old Testament all of God’s blessing and mercy were given by works of the law. But since men could not keep the law of God and all were under the curse of the law, God in his great mercy and unconditional love paid our price through the blood of Jesus, and reconciled us to Himself by faith in Jesus Christ.

So now, the grace of God is accessed through faith not through works of the law. This means that we receive forgiveness, victory over sin, revelation, gifts of  the Spirit, and all the blessings of God written in His Word through faith in Jesus.

Without faith it is impossible to please God. Which means that there is nothing that pleases God if there is no faith. God is not marveled when we act right or when we do good works but when we have faith!

Faith comes as a result of listening to God’s voice or His Word. As we pay attention to God’s Word, our faith grows spontaneously. When we say spontaneously, we do not mean that we are the agent that produce faith. Faith is created in our hearts by the Holy Spirit as He reveals the Word to us. Faith is the gift of the Spirit. Therefore, it’s the Spirit who imparts the measure of faith as He reveals the Word to us. Without the Word, the Spirit will not impart faith unto us because the Word is the instrument through which the Spirit imparts faith.

We know God only through His Word, and faith is believing in God’s Word. Therefore, if we do not pay attention to God’s Word, there is no way that faith can be imparted to us.

Therefore, one who grows in faith is one who grows in the knowledge of God through the Scriptures, as the Spirit reveals the Word to him.

In Mark 11:23 we see the object faith, the work of faith, and the result of faith.

Faith always changes things! Faith causes things to happen. Whatever we ask is answered to us by God through faith. We receive answers by faith.

To receive anything we ask for in prayer, Jesus teaches that faith is necessary. The components of faith that Jesus talks about in this specific scripture are:

  1. Have faith in God
  2. Talk to the mountain
  3. Do not doubt in your heart
  4. Believe that what you say will be done

The first step is to have faith in God. We have faith in God as we look at the Word of God and as the Spirit reveals His Word to us.

Second is talking to the mountain. This is where many are falling because they believe that prayer is only talking to God, not talking to the mountain. Jesus here gives us a clue of how to receive when we pray. We can ask by having faith in God and by talking to the mountain through faith. We can petition God to lift the mountain,  but God also wants us to speak to the mountain to be removed an be cast into the sea! This is what we call the prayer of faith. God has given us the permission to speak to our problems as He wants us to petition Him at the same time. We will look in depth at the difference between petitioning God and speaking directly to a problem on our next blog.

The third and fourth component is that if we are speaking directly to the problem, then it must be with no unbelief. It’s not the amount of faith you have that matters but the unbelief in your heart that must be completely removed. If you have little faith and no unbelief it will attract God’s power, rather than have big faith and little unbelief. If there is no unbelief or doubt, then we believe,  if we believe we receive. Therefore, what we believe is the knowledge, or the assurance, that we have the answer. If we can believe that we have what we prayed about, then our faith concerning the petition or the prayer that we prayed about is genuine. Genuine faith attracts God’s power and therefore, we will definitely have what we asked for.

So the whole point of prayer of faith is believing from the heart that you have received it!  So faith then is assurance of what you have prayed for or hope for. To sum it up, faith is the unquestionable proof of your hope in your heart that comes as a result of you paying attention to God’s Word.